KPMG claimed it has reduced the firm’s carbon footprint by 26 percent from 2007 through 2009, exceeding the firm’s goal of reducing carbon by 25 percent in three years.

In 2008, KPMG embarked on an ambitious environmental program in the United States called “Living Green” to support the firm’s commitment to reducing the amount of waste it generates, the volume of natural resources it consumes, and its carbon footprint. When it was announced, KPMG’s Living Green program targeted a 25 percent reduction in the U.S. firm’s overall carbon footprint by 2010. 

The firm’s 26 percent reduction from 2007 through 2009 is based on the results of a recent analysis by KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services group that shows KPMG reduced its carbon footprint by 20 percent between 2008 and 2009, and 7 percent between 2007 and 2008.

The firm reduced its footprint by forming “Living Green” teams that participated in community recycling activities and hosting local environmental programs; recycling every laptop, monitor and printer, and implementing server virtualization to use few servers; completing a data technology center that uses gas micro-turbines in addition to other sources of electrical power, and setting up a new office in Nashville that received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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